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John is right on the money. Usually getting there later means less seating, at least in most cases. I know the first time I attended it was packed. Got there earlier the next time, and it was packed, but with a bit more elbow room. When you leave is up to you as a great bunch of conversations can be had the entire time you are there. Peter helped break the ice the first time I was there, got introduced to John, Don and quite a few other. It is always to chill for quite a while and talk trains, gossip, and anything else that comes up.

If you think that there are no train folks there, you are on the wrong side of the bar. Last year the River City 3 Railers had a table before going to the back part of the bar. That has happened before, usually everyone is in the back later on if they weren't there from the start. Definitely have a blast, and a blast without me. I wish I could make it, it will have to wait.

I just want to take this opportunity to thank ALL of you that have kept this tradition going!  It is a testament to the great folks that are on this forum.  So many of us have bonded through the forum and the OGRR get together gives us a chance to meet in person.  I can't tell you how many life long friends that have been made because of this tradition.  I am so grateful for all of you!

I just want to take this opportunity to thank ALL of you that have kept this tradition going!  It is a testament to the great folks that are on this forum.  So many of us have bonded through the forum and the OGRR get together gives us a chance to meet in person.  I can't tell you how many life long friends that have been made because of this tradition.  I am so grateful for all of you!

Well said and so true!!

The only bad thing is the fact the place now closes at 10 pm instead of 1 am!  Now Erol and I get out of there before midnight!

-Greg

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That's a bad thing?

Lol...in my defense, I can walk to my hotel, but yes, it's the reason I never make any of the Friday morning events and my average arrival time to the meet is 10 am!

The worst time was the year everyone convinced me to by 1 of the 2 Y3s in PRR livery that Mr Muffins had on clearance - had a really hard time being at his booth 30 seconds after the meet opened Friday morning.  Heck, I beat him there but he had 1 engine left which I promptly purchased.  After putting it in my trunk I reclined the car seat and took a 90 minute power nap. 

-Greg

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With the earlier closing, you can get up comfortably and be at the meet on time on Friday!

You'd think, but there's always an after-party going on somewhere!    And with me being from "Philly" and my club-mates being from "New York" I'm always the target of their abuse! lol

-Greg

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Thanks, Dave, I will be wearing an OGRR cap  to help you Forum folks recognize me.

The main reason I'm going to the York show is not the trains (heaven knows I have enough of them), but the people. Arnold

Arnold, it is not hard for train folk to recognize train folk. Usually we still have our badges on when we get there. It's just like wearing a hat but with your name all over it. You will be among good people(naturally). If any of the folks from the NJ HiRailers are there, be sure to talk to them if you are able between the drinks. They usually close the place(before the time of closing has changed).

I just want to take this opportunity to thank ALL of you that have kept this tradition going!  It is a testament to the great folks that are on this forum.  So many of us have bonded through the forum and the OGRR get together gives us a chance to meet in person.  I can't tell you how many life long friends that have been made because of this tradition.  I am so grateful for all of you!

Alan forgot to add, please take pictures while there, and toast to great train friends both there, not there, and no longer with us.

With the earlier closing, you can get up comfortably and be at the meet on time on Friday!

Haha, got that right John. Somehow I always seemed to wake up way before my alarm went off. This made me go eat breakfast earlier, and arrive early enough Friday morning to hear the music. The other time I was up early for Friday was out to Strasburg for 611 where I spotted Skip and Gary(in 2019).

@Bob Dixey posted:

I will be there.I always enjoy this get together at Quaker lube.

It's official! A short while ago Bob, Erol and myself kept our streak of closing Quaker Steak and Lube alive at 22 Yorks and counting!  Of course its a lot easier to do with a 10 pm closing time instead of a 2 am closing time but a streak is a streak.  The after party is going strong in room 219 at the LaQuinta thanks to Ted "Mr Malomar" Bertiger!

ETA on arrival at the meet tomorrow is now Noon!  Lol

-Greg

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So Im wondering how much do you all budget for these After Hour Food meets? I feel Like you need to bring at least $400.00 for food alone! Pre meet Breakfast, Quaker Steak and Lube, and then there's lunch each day?

When I attend, I always have a budget of food figured into things. Sometimes I keep that separate from my train money, still in the wallet, but separate.

@Greg Houser posted:

It's official! A short while ago Bob, Erol and myself kept our streak of closing Quaker Steak and Lube alive at 22 Yorks and counting!  Of course its a lot easier to do with a 10 pm closing time instead of a 2 am closing time but a streak is a streak.  The after party is going strong in room 219 at the LaQuinta thanks to Ted "Mr Malomar" Bertiger!

ETA on arrival at the meet tomorrow is now Noon!  Lol

-Greg

good to see you all had a good time. Tell Erol I said hi.

So Im wondering how much do you all budget for these After Hour Food meets? I feel Like you need to bring at least $400.00 for food alone! Pre meet Breakfast, Quaker Steak and Lube, and then there's lunch each day?

I usually budget $250 for food and drink for 2 days.  The biggest expense is Thursday night at Quaker Steak - about $100 give or take but then I'm there 5 hrs or so socializing so it's money well spent to me.  It's also why that except for once I always stay at the Best Western or LaQuinta - I don't have to drive as they're in the same complex as the restaurant.

-Greg

Yep, Greg caught me almost napping waiting for Ed to get in the car so we could head over to the fairgrounds. I forgot about the coffee cup on the roof until Mr. Quaker Steak & Lube early closer was leaving LaQuinta.
BUT, the question still remains about the cup contents? The leftover remains from the Amaretto De Saronna bottle or the free coffee?
Also, the real party was 2 doors down at 215 going into the early am!!

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